The Order of Verbal Affixes and Functional Structure in Imbabura Quichua*

Peter Cole and Gabriella Hermon

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

The Order of Verbal Affixes and Functional Structure in Imbabura Quichua*

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This chapter provides a case study on the cartography of an exotic language and addresses the question of the functional articulation of clause structure based on the analysis of some functional morphemes of Imbabura Quichua. It shows that a semantic approach to the ordering of FPs cannot be adopted. As in other languages, cases of free ordering can be explained by hypothesizing that a certain morpheme realizes heads located at different heights in the syntactic tree. Facts that are problematic for Cinque’s hierarchy, such as transitivity failures or “ordering paradoxes,” can accordingly be explained in terms of “local” relationships among adjacent heads rather than a single “global” mapping of functional categories.

Keywords: exotic language; cartography; functional articulation; clause; morphemes

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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